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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Huh?? You want me to what??

So...my sister Susan can request some strange things, but last night takes the cake.  I have the flu and haven't been up to talking.  I thought I should call her and at least update her.  I told I didn't feel like talking and she says to me, "I hope you are drinking."  Now...why would my sister want me to be drinking?

I mean, seriously.......why would you want me to be drinking???











...........I think she meant she wanted to make sure I was staying hydrated.    At least I made her laugh!!

Here's to you Sue!!


I LOVE YOU!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Monogrammed Notecards - Perfect Christmas and New Year's Party Hostess Gift

Simply elegant - monogrammed notecards.

Stampin' Up! Products
  • Starting at the top left:  Kiwi Kiss, Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo.  Next row, starting at the left:  Dusty Durango and Crushed Curry
  • Above mentioned colors cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Patterns Designer Series Paper (DSP) and matching ink
  • Lovely Letters stamp set
  • Textured card base measures 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" folded
  • Scallop Trim Border, Scallop Circle, 1 3/8" and 1 1/4" Circle punches
  • Whisper White cardstock is first cut at 5 1/2" x 1 11/16"
    • Using the Scallop Trim Border punch, punch one side
    • Noting how the scallop starts/end on the one side, punch other side after lining up with starting point of first punched side. 
  • DSP strip is cut at 5 1/2" x 1"
Available for purchase. 
Shipping is First Class, if you need it sooner, please contact me before making purchase.






Description
Colors

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Introducing.........

Morticia Adams  (Tisha)

CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR THE SCRAPBOOKER

Don't know how to scrapbook? Purchase my kit and you can create a 16 page 6" x 6" scrapbook.  
FOOL PROOF!

All you need is time, adhesive and a scrapbook. The scrapbook kit is only $19.95 (plus actual shipping)
  • 16 individual 6" x 6" scrapbook pages
  • Cardstock and Designer Series Paper are already cut to size
  • Embellishments - all handmade, all supplied
  • Adhesive die cut sheets 
  • Miscellaneous die cuts/punch outs used
  • Brads, clips (size, color may vary)
  • Ribbon
Your own supplies
  • Scrapbook and scrapbook sleeves measuring 6"x6"
  • Adhesive (such as SU Snail)
  • Dimensionals by Stampin' Up! or another name brand pop dots
  • Glue
  • Scissors
 
FOR MORE PICTURES, click here

THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT

THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT - LOOK NO FURTHER!!!

A STAMPIN' UP! GIFT CERTIFICATE
ANY DOLLAR AMOUNT

The perfect time to use the gift certificate - Sale-A-Bration
January 25 - March 31, 2011
Free Stampin' Up! Product with every $50 purchase

Friday, December 3, 2010

Alabama and Auburn Fans

I have Post-it-Notes available in your favorite team colors.   These make PERFECT stocking stuffers.  I will personalize them with one initial at no extra charge.
 




Only $3.50 each


Pink Houndstooth - I only have a few available





Contact me by email to place your order.
Ask about my Special Discount for United Methodist Women members

Sunday, November 28, 2010

CYBER MONDAY - FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $30

Cyber Monday shopping starts NOW!  So many products are on sale.  Check out the Online Spectacular HERE.

.............and - my Christmas gift to you, now through Monday, November 28

NO SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS OVER $30.00*
*United States only

Stampin' Up! Current Catalogs

Idea Book and Catalog
Click Here
~ ~ ~
Holiday Mini
Click Here
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To order, Email Me

Cherish

I feel in love with at card by Joan at Joan's Daily Stampede and thought it was perfect for my husband's birthday card.

Stampin' Up! Products
  • Naturals White cardbase 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
  • Chocolate Chip cardstock layers
    • 4 " x 5 1/4"
    • 3 1/4" x 4 1/2"
    • Oval scallop
  • Brocade Blue cardstock layers
    • 3 3/4" x 5"
    • 3" x 4 1/4"
    • Large Oval
  • Brocade Blue and Chocolate Chip ink
  • Baroque Motifts, En Francais and Medallion stamp sets
  • Large and Oval Scallop Punches
  • Dimensionals
The Medallion stamp was first stamped using Brocade Blue ink followed by the En Francais stamp in Chocolate Chip ink.

Other Products
  • 5/8" chocolate satin ribbon

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Cards by Coe

Today I am featuring a budding artist.  This is the first time that I have featured someone's elses work. 

This card was create using the following Stampin' Up! products
  • Real Red Ink
  • Scallop Edge Border Punch
Products not identified as Stampin' Up!
  • Cardstock
  • Star punchouts
  • Star brads
  • Red/White striped ribbon
  • Congratulations stamp set
Normally I would not feature a card that wasn't made with at least 65% of Stampin' Up! products.  I have made an exception this time because this was Bruce's first card and he has not yet a Stampin' Up! customer.  I will be trying to win him over and introduce him to the excellent quality products available from Stampin' Up!

Thank you Bruce for submitting your first card.  You are an inspiration!  To help you make your own craft room, your first Stampin' Up! order in the amount of $75 or more will be shipped to you free!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Stampin' Up! Treat Boxes - Not Just for Treats

Stampin' Up! currently has in their Clearance Rack, Treat Boxes - 5 for $1.00 (plus S&H and tax).  I just knew I could find a purpose for them, so I stocked up (a habit of mine).  I found Jackie Topa's idea on the internet.  She submitted her idea to the Stampin' Up! Success magazine (a magazine for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators).  I love the internet!

Do you want to take advantage of the Clearance Rack?  Email me today, quantities are limited.  And when I say, quantities are limited, I have missed out on several good deals because I couldn't decide if I wanted to make the purchase.  Speaking from experience, BUY NOW!  After this post goes live, people will be ordering these treat boxes.

I took the time to figure out a pattern to make the box lid.  Yes, I spent five hours making a tutorial and it is it is yours for $2.50.

Stampin' Up! Products
  • Crumb Cake cardstock 6 3/8" x 8 3/4"
  • Chocolate Chip cardstock*
  • Bella Birds Designer Series Paper*
  • Elements of Style stamp set using Crumb Cake ink
  • Scallop Circle and Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punches
  • Sticky Strip
  • Tombo Mutli-Purpose Adhesive
Other Products
  • Brad
*Measurements found in tutorial

Cut off flap from treat box ------------------------------------------>
Or...tuck the flap inside the box.
 
Using tutorial, cut and prepare your cardstock.  Apply layers before taping the box lid together

Finished Product


How do I plan on using these?
  • Gift box for my cards
  • Gift bag for gifts
  • And of course - treats
Upon payment, your tutorial will be sent to you by email.  I usually check my account twice a day.  The email will be sent to the one you have with Paypal, unless otherwise noted.

Thank you.



Monday, November 22, 2010

Online Spectacular - Stampin' Up! Black Friday - Free Shipping

Don't wait for Black Friday, start your Christmas shopping NOW.  So many products are on sale.  Check out the Online Spectacular HERE.

.............and - my Christmas gift to you, now through Friday, November 26

NO SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS OVER $35.00*
*United States only

Stampin' Up! Current Catalogs

Idea Book and Catalog
Click Here
~ ~ ~
Holiday Mini
Click Here
~ ~ ~
To order, Email Me

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving


Stampin' Up! Products
  • Soft Suede cardbase 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
  • Real Red cardstock 5 1/4" x 4"
  • More Mustard cardstock 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
  • Always Artichoke cardstock measures 5 1/4" x 2" (before scallop edge punch)
  • Autumn Traditions Designer Series Paper 5 1/4" x 1 1/2"
  • Stamped image area
    • Whisper White measures 3 1/4" x 2 1/2"
    • Real Red measures 3 3/8" x 2 3/8"
    • Soft Suede measures 3 1/2" x 3"
  • Always Artichoke and More Mustard ink
  • Elegant Eggplant Stampin' Write Marker
  • Autumn Days and Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp sets
  • More Mustard 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
  • Scallop Edge Border punch
  • Mat Pack

Friday, November 19, 2010

You're on My Mind - Autumn Days

Stampin' Up! Products
  • Chocolate Chip card base measures 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
  • Crushed Curry cardstock measures 5 1/4" x 4"
  • Very Vanilla cardstock measures 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
  • Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango and Chocolate Chip ink
  • Autumn Days and Upsy Daisy stamp sets
Other Products
  • 5/8" satin ribbon

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tammy Turkey Spinner Card



I created a spinner card for our granddaughter's Thanksgiving using the Two-Step Owl Extra Large punch from Stampin' Up!

For a video tutorial on how to make a spinner card, check out this video by Dawn.



Stampin' Up! Products
  • Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Really Rust, Sage Shadow and Whisper White cardstock
  • Scallop Oval, Two-Step Owl Extra Large and Word Window punches
  • Sage Shadow card base measures 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
  • Autumn Vine Designer Series Paper measures 5 1/4" x 4"
  • Really Rust spinner platform measures 5 1/4" x 2 1/4"
  • Holiday & Wishes stamp set "Happy Thanksgiving" in Really Rust
  • Dimensionals

Monday, October 25, 2010

Just in case...you might need this

M&M Candy Stixs - Alabama and Auburn Fans

I have M&M Candy Stixs leftover from the Heritage Festival.  Originally $1.50, now $1.25 each.  Each stix has approximate 22 - 24 M&M pieces




Auburn
  • Halloween - nine available - (Pumpkin reads You light up the place)






Alabama
  • Seven available (reads "for you") - houndstooth paper SOLD
  • Halloween - Two available (Dracula reads Fangs for the memories)  SOLD










Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Cardinal Post-it-Note Desk Holder

I am finished making everything I plan on taking to the Heritage Festival this weekend.  This was my last creation.

Stampin' Up! Products
  • Two-Step Bird Extra-Large Punch
  • Decorative Label
  • Basic Black, Garden Green and Riding Hood Red cardstock
  • Riding Hood Red ink
  • Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker
  • Stamping Sponge
  • Holiday & Wishes stamp set
  • Uniball Signo Gel Pen - white
  • Multipurpose Liquid Glue
  • Dimensionals

Other Products
  • Patterned paper
  • Post-it-Note
  • 4" x 6" acrylic picture frame
  • Evergreen hand punch

YES, you can create this cardinal, follow steps in my tutorial - $2.50.


Upon payment, your tutorial will be sent to you by email. I usually check my account twice a day. The email will be sent to the one you have with Paypal, unless otherwise noted.  Thank you.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Happy Birthday

MOM!



I CELEBRATE YOUR LIFE TODAY!


THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DID FOR ME!

MISSING YOU!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Blog Award

I received a blog award - my first!! .......I'm speechless. 


I have been given the "Cherry on Top" blog award from Pam at Wacky Whippet Stamper.  It is a small, small world, Pam and I are nearly neighbors and met each other through our blogs.  I just started subscribing to Pam's blog through Feedburner.  Every time Pam posts to her blog, I receive and email.  Check out her blog and you will want to receive her email updates as well.

Thank you Pam for making my day!

The rules for receiving this award

Thank the person that passed it to you.
  1. Copy the award to your blog.
  2. Share three things about yourself that you enjoy doing.
  3. Pass the award to 5 others.
The three things I would like to share with you are:
  1. I love cardmaking and paper crafting
  2. I enjoy sending PIF* cards
  3. I enjoy being part of a card ministry for United Methodist Women and the Adams/Johnston Circle
*What is a PIF Card?
When I send someone a birthday, thank you, or thinking of you card, it is usually a PIF card. The handmade card is not signed; instead, I enclose a little note telling them that this is a card for them to use by Paying it Forward.

I give this award to:
  1. Joan - Joan's Daily Stampede (check out her YouTube Channel)
  2. Chris - For Love of Paper (check out her YouTube Channel)
  3. Darlene - Dreaming about Rubber Stamping (check out her YouTube Channel)
  4. Lynda - Lynda's Quiet Time
  5. Yvonne - Paper Flourish
I had a hard time picking just five blogs to pass this on to. There are so many wonderful and inspiring blogs out there that I follow and enjoy reading. Thanks to all the bloggers who showcase their gorgeous creations and create fantastic YouTube tutorials for all to enjoy!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Just Believe - My New Top Pick

Stampin' Up! Products
  • Basic Black cardbase - 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
  • Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper (DSP) - 4" x 5 1/4"
  • Basic Black cardstock - 3 3/4" x 5"
  • Sweet Pea DSP - 3 1/2" x 4 3/4"
  • Stazon Black Ink
  • Just Believe and Sincere Salutations stamp sets
Other Products
  • Satin ribbon - 5/8"

Monday, October 4, 2010

Fall Colors - Thinking of You

My favorite season is Fall...even though Winter (big sigh!) always follows.


Stampin' Up! Products
  • Chocolate Chip textured cardbase - 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
  • Tangerine Tango - 4" x 3 3/4"
  • Chocolate Chip cardstock - 3 3/4" x 3 1/2"
  • Whisper White cardstock - 3 1/2" x 3 1/4"
  • Upsy Daisy and Sincere Salutations stamp sets
  • Chocolate Chip ink
Other Products
  • Satin ribbon 1/2"

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Joy Fold Card

If you want to give a unique greeting card, Chris Twina created a great video tutorial on the Joy Fold card.  The video with step by step instructions including measurements can be found here

I am so grateful for the talented women that share and create wonderful tutorials.  Comments are always appreciated, please leave Chris a comment or a thumbs up on her YouTube webpage.

The cardbase with the stamped image, tucks underneath the bird.  This first card opens up in the opposite way from Chris's video.

Stampin' Up! Products
  • Really Rust cardstock
    • Main cardbase is cut at 8 1/2" x 4 1/4" and scored at 5 1/2"
    • Secondary cardbase is cut at 8" x 3" and scored at 4"
  • Autumn Vine Designer Series Paper (DSP)
    • Outside flap is cut at 2 3/4" x 4"
    • Inside of card is cut at 5 1/4" x 4"
  • Whisper White cardstock
    • Two pieces cut at 3 3/4" x 2 3/4"
  • Stamped Images
    • Elements of Style stamped in Really Rust ink
    • Sincere Salutations (Get Well soon) stamped in Chocolate Chip
  • Two-Step Bird Extra-Large punch
    • Body - More Mustard cardstock
    • Wing - Autumn Vine DSP
    • Twig - Sage Shadow cardstock
  • Dimensionals




This card opens the same way as the card in Chris's video. 

Stampin' Up! Products  (measurements are the same as above)
  • Old Olive and Whisper White cardstock
  • Green Tea Designer Series Paper
  • Bird is made using Baja Breeze cardstock
  • Elements of Style is stamped in Old Olive ink
  • Sincere Salutations is stamped in Night of Navy ink

*Helpful hint - Make sure the bird's tail does not stick outside the cardbase.  You can already see the "wear and tear" on my poor little bird.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Just Believe

I was inspired to create this card after seeing a card made by Diane Gilbert. This is a new stamp set by Stampin' Up! - definitely one of my Top Picks!

Stampin' Up! Products
  • So Saffron cardbase - 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (folded)
  • Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper - 4" x 5 1/4"
  • So Saffron cardstock - 2 3/4" x 4 3/4"
  • Whisper White cardstock - 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"
  • Taken with Teal cardstock butterflies
  • Just Believe and Thoughts and Prayers stamp sets
  • Old Olive Ink
  • Old Olive 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
  • Large and Scallop Oval punches
  • Beautiful Wings Sizzix Embosslit die
  • Dimensionals
  • Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Thank You for your Kindness

Stampin' Up! Products
  • Old Olive cardbase - 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
  • Whisper White cardstock - 4 1/4" x 3 1/2"
  • Old Olive layer - 4 3/8" x 3 5/8"
  • Dusty Durango layer - 4 5/8' x 3 7/8"
  • Old Olive ink
  • Dusty Durango and Old Olive Stampin' Write markers
  • Occasional Quotes and Inspired by Nature stamp sets
  • Scallop Oval and Small Oval punches
  • Square Lattice embossing folder (front of card)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

United Methodist Women of Jasper, Alabama

A collection of recipes by the First United Methodist Women of Jasper, Alabama, is available for purchase.   The perfect gift for the upcoming holidays.

Table of Contents (approximately)
  • Appetizers & Beverages - 83 Recipes
  • Soups & Salads - 120 Recipes
  • Vegetables & Side Dishes - 93 Recipes
  • Main Dishes - 138 Recipes
  • Breads & Rolls - 34 Recipes
  • Desserts - 121 Recipes
  • Cookies & Candy - 49 Recipes
  • This & That - 15 Recipes
Over 650 Recipes - tried and true by Southern Women! Over 235 pages.

This is more than your typical church cookbook. This is a three ring binder with indexes and a bookstand to rest your cookbook on for easy reading while you are preparing your desserts, meals, etc.

The outside of the book is a cleanable vinyl and measures 7" x 9 1/4"









Also included in this cookbook are the following pages of Helpful Cooking Hints
  • Pantry Basics - what you need for a well-stocked pantry
  • Herbs & Spices
  • Hints for Baking Breads
  • Baking Desserts - perfect cookies, pies and cakes
  • Cooking time for fruits and vegetables
  • Napkin Folding
  • Measurements and Substitutions
  • Food Quantities - Preparing for a large crowd? This will help you figure serving proportions
  • Quick Fixes for baking disasters
  • Counting calories
All sales go to the First United Methodist Church of Jasper UMW for our local and global missions.

The Purpose of United Methodist Women
The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

Cookbook was printed by Morris Press Cookbooks

SHIPPING: This book will be shipped Media Mail to save costs for you, if you need it sooner – just let me know.

Shipping discount when purchasing more than one.  Please email me first before clicking Buy Now.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Getting Ready for Heritage Festival

I have always wanted to have a booth at a craft show or art festival.  On October 16, I will have my first craft booth at the Heritage Festival in Jasper, Alabama.  To read more about the Heritage Festival, click here.

I love making cards and paper crafting.  Over the past few years I have made so many paper craft items that my craft closet and drawers are full.  I have over six shoe boxes full of handmade greeting cards.  I hope my first craft booth is a success.

As you well know, I love Stampin' Up! products.  I purchased the Night and Day Speciality Designer Series Paper a few years ago.  In this paper pack, one of the designs is black and white houndstooth.  When I saw the paper, I knew exactly how I would put it to good use.  The first item I created using this paper was an altered mini composition book.  When a Crimson Tide fan saw it, she had to have it!

When I decided to have booth at this year's festival, I dug out the remaining houndstooth patterned paper and created a Post-it-Note holder/covers that I hope will be a BIG hit.

A friend suggested I should offer to personalize with an initial.  I actually like the Post-it-Note holder with the flower.  What do you think?  Please post your vote in my comments section.

View my other Post-it-Note covers, click here.  Instructions with measurements can be found here.

Friday, September 17, 2010

My Creepy Friends

I have missed my “creepy” friends, so I am bringing them back in a more stylish manner.

Stampin’ Up! Products
  • Almost Amethyst, Basic Black, Kiwi Kiss, Real Red and Whisper White cardstock
  • Matchbox Bigz XL Die for Big Shot
  • Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker
  • Uni-ball® Signo Gel Pen
  • Star and 1/2” Circle punch
  • Dimensionals

Other Products
  • 1/8” hole punch
  • 4 Hershey Nuggets
  • Patterned paper 1” x 3 1/2” are wrapped around the Nuggets
I think my creepy friends are classier this year.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Houndstooth Happy Birthday

I used Stampin' Up!'s Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper (retired) on this card.  I love the houndstooth pattern so much that I HAD to buy a houndstooth embossing folder (non Stampin' Up!)

Stampin' Up! Products
  • Chocolate Chip card base measures 5 1/4" x 4"
  • Sweet Pea DSP 4" x 3"
  • Bashful Blue cardstock 4" x 2 5/8" before using border punch
  • Sentiment is from the Well Scripted stamp set
  • Chocolate Chip ink
  • Dimensionals
Other Products
  • Houndstooth embossing folder
  • 5/8" satin ribbon
  • Border punch

Thursday, September 2, 2010

One Step Further

This picture shows the finishing touches to my cards shown in my posting from yesterday.  Stamping the inside of cards and the outside of envelopes adds pizzazz to a handmade card.

Stampin' Up! Products
  • Whisper White cardstock liner measures 5 1/4" x 4"
  • Medium Whisper White envelopes
  • Corner Rounder was used on the bottom edge of the liner
  • Itty Bitty Buds stamp set
    • Flourish was stamped first in Old Olive
    • Flowers were stamped using Really Rust ink

The Holiday Mini is Here!

SPECIAL DISCOUNT* now through September 15

It is never too early to start on Christmas projects!!  Download your copy here

The new holiday mini has so many great new products. Halloween is just around the corner, now is the time to order all your crafting supplies for the fall holidays.

Now through September 15 -  Buy More, Save More Discount on all purchases from the Holiday Mini Catalog .
  • Purchase $35, receive a 5% discount
  • Purchase $75, receive a 10% discount
  • Purchase $100, receive a 15% discount
*Discount is only available through me

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Fall Flowers - Thanks Gift Box and Cards

I am pleased how this set of four cards and card box turned out.  I will be using this as a hostess gift.
When I started digging through my wonderful Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper (DSP), the Fall Flowers pack caught my eye.  I love Stampin' Up!'s paper, no guess work in figuring out what cardstock will match the paper.  The names of the coordinating colors can be found in the catalog along with the description of the DSP pack.  The Fall Flowers DSP is retired; however, every year Stampin' Up! comes out with new patterns and I have never been disappointed with the fall designs. 

I designed the card and was happy with the finished product so I continued to make three additional cards.  I couldn't stop there...I knew they would work perfectly with the card box.

Stampin' Up! Products
  • Sahara Sand card base is 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" (folded)
  • Old Olive cardstock measures 5 1/4" x 4"
  • Fall Flowers DSP measures 2 1/8" x 3 3/4" (top section)
  • Patterns Pack Designer Series Paper III measures 3" x 3 3/4" (bottom section)
  • Corner Rounder was used on the bottom edges
  • Thank You Kindly stamp set
  • Basic Black ink
  • Really Rust flowers were made using the Birds & Blooms Sizzix die (exclusive to Stampin' Up!)
  • Old Olive leaves were made using the 5-Petal Flower punch

Other Products
  • White brad
  • 3/8" ribbon
Additional instructions
  1. Thanks was first stamped on Really Rust DSP, using Basic Black ink
  2. Patterned papers were mounted onto the Old Olive cardstock
  3. Ribbon was tied in a knot and wrapped around the back of Step #2
  4. Flower and leaves were put together with a brad and placed through layers in Step #2, hiding the brad prongs

* Update 08/10/2012 - Paula's blog has been removed and she offered no further assistance.